Bachelor of Health
The Bachelor of Health (BHealth) and Certificate in Health and Wellbeing, are the first qualifications in New Zealand to combine multiple disciplines in a programme that will help graduates find employment in the health sector, and improve the current health system. These qualifications will help students to become innovative health leaders who can contribute to change in systems and practices to support equitable outcomes for individuals and their communities.
For Māori, and indigenous peoples across the world, the sun’s significant in health; knowledge; hāuora; and mātauranga is immeasurable. The sun is light, life, health and promise, and pushes away darkness. Hence, in our Māori karakia we often say, “ka puta ki te ao mārama” meaning to bring something into the world of light, to give it life.
At the University of Waikato we believe it is time to bring to light new ways of thinking about and practicing health in ways that address the growing inequities in the health system, through recognising the importance of hauora*
In recognising the importance of preventative and holistic approaches to health, we need a workforce with knowledge of health service quality and equity that is built on a foundation of cultural competency, multidisciplinary knowledge, interpersonal and collaborative skills, applied biomedical skills, critical thinking, and regional and community engagement.
The Bachelor of Health has been specifically developed to address the growing demand for a workforce that can contribute across the health sector as this industry diversifies into roles with local governments, iwi, indigenous populations, community groups, private enterprise, individuals and families.
The BHealth is underpinned by the concept of hauora in practice and incorporates Biomedical Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physiology); Epidemiology; Bioethics; Health Communication and Community Approaches; Māori, Pacific and Indigenous perspectives and practice; Psychology, Sociology, Policy; and Statistics, all of which allows students to explore the diverse aspects of health and wellbeing in applied and theoretical settings.
Our graduates will have knowledge and skills that are practical and transferable, allowing them to practice in ways that exhibit an understanding of health as it relates to the individual, whanau and community. With a BHealth you will be well positioned to contribute to innovative approaches that address the complex health issues which matter to the different communities in New Zealand and internationally.
*Hauora, as represented in this material, is defined as a holistic approach that values the interconnection between the physical and meta physical in ways that nourish and sustain the vitality of people and their communities. In doing so recognition is attributed to past generations, historical contexts, and connections to the land.
|Start Dates:||Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)|
|Entry Requirements:||Undergraduate International|
Degree planner — BHealth (Poutū-manahau Population Health)
Poutū-manahau reflects our endeavours to revitalise the mana of our communities, to address health in ways that breathe life into hauora as practice.
Poutū-manahau Population Health uses a multidisciplinary approach to understanding hauora as practice, and to examine approaches that contribute to a health system which can revitalise the mana of our communities. Poutū-manahau Population Health embraces integrative knowledge of theories and analytical approaches (across psychology, health communication and engagement, sociology, economics, epidemiology, and Māori and indigenous studies) to understand, critique and design health initiatives, policies, practices, interventions and their outcomes.
Year 1 and 3 paper options
Poutū-manahau Population Health
- Iwi and community-based health education and health promotion
- Nursing support and care workers
- Knowledge management
- Project management and coordination
- Biostatistics and data analyst
- Healthcare and clinical research analyst
- Planning and funding
- Health services management
- Health care administration
- Medical writer
- Clinical coder
- Wellbeing leads in local government
- Positions with community providers
- Community karitane
- Public policy and policy-related positions
- Communications roles with a focus on public health
- Conversion programmes
Degree planner — BHealth (Poutū-māro Biomedical Sciences)
Poutū-māro represents resilience, flexibility, and our desire to seek and weave together knowledge that supports our capacity to balance all aspects of hauora.
Poutū-mārō Biomedical Sciences that takes a multi-faceted and applied approach to improving the hauora of our communities. It embraces an integrative approach to biomedical sciences (including genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology, anatomy, infection and immunity, pathophysiology) alongside Mātauranga Māori, health communication, and bioethics to develop biomedical understandings and skills that will allow students to work across the health sector.
Year 1 and 3 paper options
Poutū-māro Biomedical Sciences
- General healthcare
- Allied health and healthcare science e.g. laboratory technician
- Research associate
- Study/research coordinator
- Data analyst
- Environmental health officer
- Exercise physiologist
- Reproductive technologist
- Pathway to further graduate study in health and health science areas such as medical school, dentistry, physiotherapy, pharmacy and medical research
- Medical sales representative
- Laboratory sales representative
- Health protection officer
- Health and safety inspector
- Science writer
Scholarships and prizes
Selected scholarships for BHealth students.
Graduate study options
Graduates will be prepared to enter postgraduate study leading to higher-level qualifications as well as being ready to take up immediate employment opportunities.
Graduates will be prepared to enter postgraduate study leading to higher-level qualifications as well as being ready to take up immediate employment opportunities. The Biomedical Sciences programme will also provide a pathway for further graduate study in health and health science areas, such as medical school, dentistry, physiotherapy, pharmacy, and medical research (biomedical research scientist, medicinal chemist, etc).